Spotlight Squad

Published on September 3rd, 2014 | by Allison Terrell

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Spotlight Squad: Shelton State

sscAs seven-time UCA National Champions, Shelton State Community College knows what it takes to represent their school on the competition floor. But that’s not all; this team also knows what it takes to make a difference in their community and in the lives of others.  Shelton State’s cheerleading team realizes how important it is to get involved, so they help out with numerous community activities, including volunteering with the American Cancer Society.

One of their favorite events they’re involved with is the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K in Tuscaloosa, AL. The cheerleaders bring pink poms to cheer on the participants, and they even have a performance before the walk begins. “The kids always walk away with a good feelings, and they all really enjoy helping out at the event,” shared coach Christa Grizzle.

Volunteering at the event has impacted the Shelton State cheerleaders just as much as it has the community. “The breast cancer walk was very touching,” said Sydney, a current Shelton State cheerleader. “We were so glad to be a part of it and show our respects to the people going through cancer, those who have survived it and the families and friends who have lost a loved one to it.”

ssccAlong with the 5K, the team also visits the DCH Regional Medical Center to spread some cheer to the cancer patients being treated in the Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center. The cheerleaders chant “F-I-G-H-T, FIGHT AGAINST CANCER” at a pep rally and also mingle with the patients to lift their spirits.

“We all have been affected in one way or another by cancer, and when we visited, a fellow teammate’s sibling had been recently diagnosed,” shared Alison, current Shelton State cheerleader. “I felt our team get closer that day, and I only hope we impacted the patients’ lives as much as they did ours.”

The team agrees that getting involved and being able to see what a person goes through when being treated for cancer has really changed their outlook on life. Their efforts with the American Cancer Society are their most memorable experiences of the year, and they are honored to be sought out each year to help out with the events.

It can be overwhelming to think about how many lives are affected by cancer each and every day. The best way to help out is to get involved just like the cheerleaders at Shelton State Community College have and F-I-G-H-T, FIGHT AGAINST CANCER!

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